2012 Ford F-150 vs. 2012 Chevrolet Silverado: Which One Should I Buy?

When you’re ready to really get some work done, there’s nothing like a full size pickup truck. These trucks are ready to haul a big load and really get in there and get busy. SUVs are great for moving people, but when you need to move a really big load of stuff, a truck is the way to go! Few vehicles are as durable, long lasting, and retain their value the way the American truck does.

The Ford F-150 and the Chevrolet Silverado have had a (mostly friendly) rivalry for years, trading off winning Truck of the Year. While neither is going to break records for technological advancements, they are both incredibly strong and have the hauling power you need and expect in a full size truck.

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2012 Chevrolet Silverado

Technological Advances

Even though there’s a hybrid in the mix with the Silverado, the Ford F-150 is the clear winner when it comes to technological updates. The Silverado is great if you’re not looking for much in the way of infotainment, but both vehicles offer in-dash CD player and optional MP3 players, voice recognition and equalizer, as well as Bluetooth functionality.

Fuel Economy

The F-150 has great new V-6 and V-8 engines, and that really shows in the better gas mileage than the Silverado’s 17 mpg city / 20 mpg highway. The F-150 blows that out of the water with a 23 mpg highway. While the hybrid version of the Silverado is likely to outperform those stats, the price tag will make you think twice before you go in that direction.

Safety and Security Features

Both vehicles are exceptionally safe, with adequate air bags and a strong, steel frame that will keep you and your family safe in the event of an emergency. The F-150 deploys what it calls a Safety Canopy System while the Silverado has a 1st row curtain air bag. The Silverado has the option for the OnStar Directions and Connections which provides hands-free calling, navigation, remote door lock and unlock and automatic crash response. Exterior light control on the Silverado is fully automatic, which is a nice extra touch.

Both of these trucks are great options for someone who just needs to get the work done. If you want slightly nicer features; go for the Silverado, otherwise the F-150 offers the best fuel economy and overall options.


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